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  1. mattlberge
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Our company website has been running for about a year now on wordpress.

    My boss likes to use the paid Google adwords and recently we received notice from Google that our site had malware and they were suspending our adwords account until the site was cleaned up.

    Now I'm not an IT person or web designer by trade, so I'm kind of stumbling around here.

    In an attempt to diagnose the problem I tried the following sites/scanners:
    1.) sitecheck.sucuri.net/
    2.) http://www.virustotal.com
    3.) http://www.webinspector.com
    3.) Google webmaster tools

    All of these sites said our website was clean.

    My operating theories are:
    1.) The website is a redirect. Maybe there was something they didn't like here.
    2.) Maybe there is a wordpress plug-in that wasn't updated and was exploited. I updated all plug-ins today.
    3.) I was running an older version of wordpress 3.5 instead of 3.5.1. Maybe there was an exploit in there.

    Does anyone have experience working with Google's Adwords and know how to find out what caused them to flag our site?

    For reference purposes, the offending url was listed as publicsafetyconsultants.net This url redirects to a landing page within our company website, redstonearchitects.com

    Thanks in advance for any help.

  2. WPyogi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I don't know about AdWords issues specifically, but below are the suggested resources for hacked sites. You might want to consider hiring someone (Securi is supposed to be very good or you could post a listing here: http://jobs.wordpress.net/) if you can't sort this yourself. Or perhaps Google forums would have some more specific info on AdWords problems.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ_My_site_was_hacked
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/268083#post-1065779
    http://smackdown.blogsblogsblogs.com/2008/06/24/how-to-completely-clean-your-hacked-wordpress-installation/
    http://ottopress.com/2009/hacked-wordpress-backdoors/

    Additional Resources:
    http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/scanner/
    http://www.unmaskparasites.com/
    http://blog.sucuri.net/2012/03/wordpress-understanding-its-true-vulnerability.html

  3. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    For reference purposes, the offending url was listed as publicsafetyconsultants.net

    Do you have public safety consultants or public safety consultant as part of your URL structure?

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